As the story opens, the Gang, not particularly choosy about how it makes its next month’s beer money, has accepted a contract from Uther Ironhelm, Captain of the Guard of the Barony of Tilian.
Per the contract, the Gang is to venture to the northeast, to the dried swamps and investigate the mysterious happenings and banditry being reported by the locals living outside of the city. Dealing with whatever problem presents itself will earn them the full pay of 300 Gold Coins.
In high spirits, the Gang rents several horses and a guide to lead them to the old Earthmantle Estate, long abandoned and even longer feared, where they find an army of Bullywugs (honest, look it up!) has moved in to the ramshackle manor.
After dealing with two groups of the Bullywugs, they discover the leader holed up in the back room, once a library, with some giant frogs, splashing about in a mud wallow. They summarily put down the leader, the self proclaimed Mud Lord whose staff, gnarled and broken, failed to allow him to cast a single spell.
The Gang’s interest was piqued after this when they discovered a barred door sealed from the outside, possibly to keep whatever was inside the room contained. Unbarring the door, they ventured in, discovering a Staff of Earthen Might! This staff had apparently been the subject of foul magic, opening a portal to the Elemental Chaos, and allowing Mud Men and, apparently, black dragon eggs to flow into the chamber.
Randor, bravely disregarding his own distaste of mud, ventured into the pit and discovered a submerged body. On this body was an amulet of unidentified origins. This staff and that body were definitely the source of the increased activity in the Manor!
Who put the staff there? What Guild does the amulet belong to? Why do they want dragon eggs? Why so much mud? Stay tuned for more Adventures in Tilian!